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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Bill go to Mexico?
2. Which two people take the answer to #153 away from Bill?
3. Who does Old Ike complain about in this chapter?
4. For what does Old Ike receive a permit?
5. What does Bill begin searching for the moment he arrives in Mexico City?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the government help Bill and Old Ike continue their habits?
2. Describe Bill's arrest.
3. What does Bill discuss with the police in the interview in section 7?
4. What is yage?
5. Of what does this final section of the novel consist?
6. What are Bill's relationship with drugs in Segment 11?
7. Why does Bill decide to flee to Mexico?
8. Of what do appendices 4, 5, 6 and 7 consist?
9. Summarize the novel.
10. Describe the drug trade in Mexico.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Look at the structure of the novel.
1) How does Burroughs use character and dialogue to drive the narrative.
2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?
3) Away from the main character examine the way Burroughs uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss differences between the novel and autobiography formats. What are the main elements of a novel? What are the main elements of an autobiography? What can novelists express that an autobiographer cannot? How can autobiographies keep to the facts while still maintaining a level of entertainment?
Essay Topic 3
Examine withdrawal from heroin as described in the book.
1) What does Lee feel and suffer during withdrawal?
2) How can withdrawal from heroin be made easier?
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